Weis Markets, headquartered in Sunbury, PA, announced in a news release that Michael Brody, AIFD, has joined its company as corporate lead floral designer and he will help develop and oversee Weis Markets’ full-service floral design and arrangement business. “In recent years, we’ve expanded our fresh flower offering along with special arrangements for weddings and memorial services,” said Lucy Jason, Weis Markets’ director of floral merchandising, in the release.... Read more
Master Nursery Garden Centers and AmericanHort jointly announced in a news release that Master Nursery Garden Centers will begin hosting its eastern region gathering (formally know as the Conclave) this year at Cultivate ’15 in Columbus, Ohio, July 11-14. “We are moving our membership meeting to Cultivate because it’s an all-inclusive event that will provide business-building education and access to the largest variety of plants and products that our members... Read more
The Horticultural Research Institute announced in a news release that it is accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year. The scholarships are made possible by seven special HRI endowment funds that aid students who are seeking a lifelong career in horticulture and are available as follows: • The Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow Jr. Scholarship (one $3,000 scholarship available). • The Usrey Family Scholarship (one $1,000 scholarship available). • The... Read more
The fourth edition of the International Floriculture Trade Expo will be held at the Shree Visa Oshwal Community Center in Parklands Nairobi, Kenya, June 3-5. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days. The industry-wide, international event serves all segments of the floriculture chain from breeders, propagators and growers to cargo shippers and suppliers to the trade. Due to the growing popularity of the show, exhibition space has been increased to over... Read more
The Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association’s sixty-third annual convention will meet June 12-13 and according to the organization’s website, “it’s a time each year for FNGLA members and industry friends to celebrate the past year of success while welcoming FNGLA’s new leadership taking office.” This event is held in a new location each year, near the organization’s president’s hometown, and in 2015 that is Coral Gables, FL. Several local area tours... Read more
Most consumers are familiar with common household bleach containing sodium hypochlorite, such as Clorox. Another common but more stable form of bleach is called calcium hypochlorite, often referred to as swimming pool chlorine. A third but less familiar form of bleach is potassium hypochlorite. Nevertheless, all three forms of bleach have the same active ingredient, hypochlorous acid. A potassium form of bleach called FloraFresh is being sold to supermarkets for... Read more
Daniel Klittich, a doctoral candidate at the University of California Davis has been awarded the 2015 Paul Ecke Jr. Scholarship through the American Floral Endowment, according to a news release. The merit-based scholarship honors the late Paul Ecke Jr., who made contributions to the advancement of the floriculture industry. It is given to M.S. or Ph.D. students studying horticulture or a related field, who intend to pursue a career as a researcher, scientist... Read more
Landon Donovan, retired L.A. Galaxy soccer star, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Southern California Fresh Produce & Floral Council Expo on July 14 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. The breakfast program will feature a moderated question and answer session between Donovan and L.A. Galaxy reporter Kelli Tennant, according to a news release. “Over 1,500 visitors are expected to attend the expo,” Carissa Mace, FPFC president, told The Produce News.... Read more
In a couple of months, floral members from across the supply chain (and nation — the world even) will get together to discuss emerging trends, challenges and opportunities that are of importance to the industry. Importers, exporters, retailers, breeders — you name it, they’ll be here — right in my backyard, Miami, FL. The event, which is the first of its kind in the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Connections series, is designed for floral professionals, by... Read more
Registration is now open for the American Institute of Floral Designers’ National Symposium, “Journey,” slated for June 30-July 4 in Denver, CO. The event will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the organization and a special celebration is planned. “Every AIFD member’s journey is different,” said symposium coordinator Marie Ackerman in a news release. “And that’s the beauty of coming together each year and sharing techniques, best practices and inspiring ideas.” The... Read more
An education in dual-purpose northern perennials
ROBBINSDALE, MN — Mike Heger, owner at Ambergate Horticulture Consulting in Waconia, MN, knows perennials and he impressed close to 60 enthusiastic gardeners, here, with his extensive plant knowledge during his presentation, “Best Performing Perennials for Zones 3 & 4” at the Hennepin County Horticultural Society’s April meeting. Diana Straate, president at the Hennepin County Horticultural Society in Minnesota and Mike Heger, horticulture consultant, author... Read more
For schedule updates, the IFE website is floriexpo.com. Monday, June 8 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration 8-9 a.m. Education Session: “Flower Power! Explore Essential Industry Advancements” presented by Cindy Hanauer, Grand Central Floral. 9:15-10:15 a.m. Education Session: “Using Left Brain Strategies to Succeed in the Right Brain Business World” presented by Jay Goltz, Goltz Group. 10:45 a.m.–12 p.m. Education Session: “Merchandising Solutions: The Display is RIGHT”... Read more
The California Department of Food and Agriculture recently announced that a majority of the qualified producers of the state’s cut flowers and greens have voted in favor of the continuation of the California Cut Flower Commission for another five years, according to a news release. Signed into law by Governor George Deukmejian in 1990, CCFC is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015. The commission’s mission is to “provide a unified effort by farmers to enhance... Read more
IFE and United Fresh collaborate on Iron Designer Competition
The International Floriculture Expo and the United Fresh Produce Association will collaborate on the Iron Designer Competition June 9 in Chicago, according to a news release. The IFE and United Fresh will be co-located with FMI Connect 2015 in 1,000,000-square-feet of exhibit space to bring together food retail, fresh produce and floral leaders from all segments of the supply chain. Ian Prosser won the 2014 Iron Designer competition at the International Floral... Read more
Bloomaker expands; cultivates 98 jobs in Virginia
In May 2014, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe made the announcement that Bloomaker USA would increase its existing Waynesboro, VA, horticulture operations. Bloomaker, known for developing and patenting the new floral category “Long Life Flowers,” has invested more than $2 million to build a new greenhouse, creating potential for 98 jobs in the area and preparing to take annual sales from $10 million to over $25 million in five years. These Long Life Tulips by Bloomaker... Read more
Ecuador’s flower exporters exempted from 2015 pre-payment of income taxes
Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa signed an exclusion of advance payments for the fiscal period 2015 for flower exporters, according to a news release. The decision was made official through Executive Decrees 645 and 646, published April 3. According to the decree, the measure comes under Article 41 of the Organic Law of Internal Tax Regime, which states that “when sectors or subsectors of the economy have suffered a drastic drop in their income, the President... Read more
ASCFG provides education, excitement and eye candy
The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers is one busy organization. In fact, it would be hard to find another group in the floral industry this busy — from national conferences to quarterly Grower Intensive meetings to Growers’ Schools for beginning growers, plus an amazing magazine, The Cut Flower Quarterly, a research foundation, variety trials, a scholarship program, and a grower grant program — you get the picture. Attendees at the ASCFG California Grower... Read more
AFE welcomes Lori Ostrow
The American Floral Endowment, based in Alexandria, VA, announced Lori Ostrow as its new communications specialist, according to a news release. Ostrow will work closely with AFE Executive Director Debi Aker on media relations, social media engagement, the quarterly bulletin, donor cultivation and website management. Lori Ostrow, new communications specialist at AFE.“It’s wonderful to be joining such a lovely, vibrant team and helping ‘grow’ the floriculture... Read more
Bachman’s Inc. creates floral beauty inspired by art at Macy’s Flower Show
MINNEAPOLIS, MN — As soon as the elevator doors opened on the eighth floor of Macy’s, here, the sweet fragrance of hyacinth, lilies, jasmine, peonies and thousands of other spectacular flowers permeated the air. Twenty-four truckloads of plants and flowers, arranged in 11 different gardens by Bachman’s Inc. and inspired by great works of art, created “Art in Bloom” March 22-April 4 at the Macy’s Spring Flower Show. “Bachman’s was honored, once again, to provide... Read more
A dad is a son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love. On Sunday, June 21, dads across the United States will be celebrated and honored on their special day. In fact, last year 76 percent of Americans celebrated Father’s Day and $12.5 billion was spent, with the average gift costing $119.84, according to the National Retail Federation. Floral sales can be part of that gift-giving pie with a little creativity and smart merchandising. Although traditionally one... Read more